Plan your day around the sunshine

Plan your visit- come rain or shine

Enjoy your fabulously fun packed day with us whatever the weather, discover all of our fantastic galleries, exhibitions and more… 

Perfect for a sunny day...

Nature Trail

Enjoy the great outdoors! Take a stroll around our fantastic nature trail, along the way you can find out about the plants, trees and wildlife that make their home here and see what you can spot from the bird's a great way to enjoy the fresh air and our countryside setting.

The Trail begins near the picnic area where you take the gravel path to the valley bottom and follow the stream until the path divides. If you carry straight on up the hill you'll arrive back at Caphouse, take the right fork to see the reed beds that are part of the water-treatment plant and then on to the Hope Pit displays.

Plus, kids and grown-ups can go wild with a brand new nature guide, join Motty the mole and unearth the unexpected as he takes you on an adventure around the Nature Trail and the Museum site.

Pick up our handy re-usable, ring bound, activity cards from Reception and enjoy a day of interactive games and puzzles. – Suitable for all seasons and for just £3 per family!

Picnic Area

The Museum has several dedicated picnic areas, perfect for a packed lunch outdoors when the weather is fine! For locations, pick up a map from Reception on the day or ask a member of staff. 

Adventure Playground

Kids can go wild as they climb, swing and slide on our fantastic playground! 
NEW exciting Adventure Playground coming in time for Summer 2017.

Stable Yard

Stop by ourstables tomeet the ponies Eric and Ernie and our gentle giant Clydesdale Horse, Finn, plus  find out about the role that ponies and horses played in coal mining through the centuries.

The Museum's ponies can be visited in the Stable Yard during the day (usually between 10am - 3pm), so do stop by to say hello!
At other times, Eric, Ernie and Finn, our gentle giant Clydesdale horse, can be found in the fields of the Museum site, stretching their legs! 

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